Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
10th January, 2016
An advisor to the President of Ukraine, Yuri Biryukov, has made extremely unflattering comments about the Russians.
The politician, who had just returned from vacation, had wondered about hatred towards Russians, whether they were an “immutable and necessary attribute of any resort”.
According to him, citizens of Russia today have changed and look “hushed and exhausted”. Although, he continues, they still have “Imperial manners and ambitions”.
“Should they be hated? Well no. I haven’t experienced such feelings. Just disgust. The same as towards any small and harmful insect. That same feeling at the moment of striking one with your shoe. It’s a pity that our shoes aren’t ready yet,” wrote Biryukov on his page on Facebook.
Should Russians be hated? Or is hate for the weak? Or am I confused…
It just so happens that this is the first real vacation in two years, somewhere even shameful. Well, there’s the beach, sea, beer, all of that. And yes, there are Russians. They are the Immutable and indispensable attribute of any resort. Well no, not stamping feet, not always drunk, not always yelling, and not always eating. Now it’s quite the contrary – some are hushed, a bit exhausted. But not totally tired out. They still don’t deserve any illusory pity. They still have Imperial aspirations and ambitions. But already without the strain and without tearing shirts off their chests.
Should they be hated? Well no. I haven’t experienced such feelings.
Just disgust. The same as towards any small and harmful insect…
That same feeling at the moment of striking one with your shoe…
It’s a pity that our shoes aren’t ready yet.
But it’s a work in progress.